Nebraska Capitol Focus

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two years after Nebraska lawmakers approved a controversial road funding bill, state officials are starting work on long-delayed projects around Omaha, Kearney and Blair.

The state Department of Roads has six projects that are either underway or scheduled to start within the next year, and nearly a dozen more through the year 2023. Department spokeswoman Mary Jo Oie (OY) says officials had delayed work on several of the projects because they lacked funding.

The 2011 law by then-state Sen. Deb Fischer adds about $70 million a year for state highway construction projects. It dedicates one-quarter of a cent out of Nebraska's 5½-cent sales tax for state road upgrades, as well as maintenance for counties and cities.

The department has 17 projects planned around Nebraska cities over the next decade.

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